Longer Days, But Fewer of Them 

One of the options being considered is shortening the school week from five days to four.

Under the current guidelines, Maine students have to go to school at least 175 days a year, but Senator Nancy Sullivan has introduced emergency legislation that would change that measurement from days to hours.

This would allow schools some flexibility in scheduling.

Superintendent of Belfast area schools, Bruce Mailloux, says school administrators have been discussing the four day option, saying dropping from five days to four would cut 20% out of the district’s transportation budget.

If the calendar does change, students would have to make up for the time by adding almost two hours to the school day.

The Maine Commissioner of Education has yet to take a position on changing the school calendar.

Senator Sullivan’s idea to count hours instead of days will be discussed by lawmakers in the upcoming legislative session.